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The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for October 24, 2016

The Root River is currently flowing at 28cfs. Water levels are low, but possibly not for long since rain is in the forecast for the week. Since the water flows have dropped the water clarity is good again, allowing many anglers to sight fish. The fishing has gotten much better, and a few fisherman even reported having a limit or being just one fish away from a limit. The water temperature upstream of the steelhead facility was 51F, and 52F downstream.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Upstream of The Steelhead Facility
The angling pressure has greatly increased upstream of the facility. Most of the fishing pressure and most of the fish reported caught have been from Quarry Lake Park all the way upstream to The Horlick Dam. The anglers were catching mostly kings however a few cohos were caught as well. Anglers reported catching fish on chartreuse yarn eggs, orange yarn eggs, and red yarn eggs. One angler reported catching his limit on a blue and gold peanut fly. So far a total of 1,327 kings, 428 cohos, 13 steelhead, and 9 brown trout have been passed upstream of the facility.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility
Overall the fishing pressure downstream of the facility has decreased as well as the number of fish caught. Most anglers were fishing at Lincoln Park, and very few anglers chose to fish further downstream. Anglers that caught fish reported using orange yarn eggs, and egg sucking leeches.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: October 25, 2016 RIVER TEMP: 52
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 14 1,932 724 11
Passed Upstream 14 1,370 712


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


350,000 for Illinois    
Egg Take


Last revised: Tuesday October 25 2016